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Ohio, Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Historical Markers

A series of world-class murals by Robert Dafford that adorn more than one-half mile of floodwall protecting downtown Portsmouth from the Ohio River.
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., September 2, 2012
Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage Marker and Murals
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Introduction The idea of painting murals on the floodwall first occurred to lifetime residents Dr. Louis R. and Ava Chaboudy in 1992 after viewing outdoor murals in Steubenville, Ohio. An ad hoc committee was formed and the decision was made . . . — Map (db m59341) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Alexandria The community of Alexandria was founded approximately two miles west of today’s floodwall murals, in an area known as Carey’s Run. It was settled in the late 1700’s by pioneers who came down the Ohio River in flat boats. The . . . — Map (db m59400) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Millbrook Park This park was completed in 1902, and was considered one of Ohio's three best amusement parks and was adjacent to the Steel Mill in New Boston. Streetcars delivered passengers to the park, where there was a roller coaster, . . . — Map (db m60013) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Flood Gate House The present day flood gate house simulates construction of a stone building in early Boneyfiddle. Dafford paints a house under construction. He utilizes a floodwall pumping station that protrudes from the wall. He then . . . — Map (db m60199) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Stagecoach Prior to the advent of railroads, Portsmouth was a hub for stagecoach transportation, maintaining regular schedules to various surrounding towns. In 1830, a trip on the Portsmouth and Columbus turnpike took 18 hours in good . . . — Map (db m63486) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Civil War More than 3,000 men and boys left Scioto County to fight for the Union in the Civil War. One unit, First Ohio Light Artillery, Battery L, represents all of these soldiers as they hold their position on the North Slope of Little . . . — Map (db m63488) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Tenth Street Station The pagoda-style train station at the northwest corner of Tenth and Waller Streets is shown as it appeared in the 1890's. The N&W (Norfolk & Western) and B&O (Baltimore and Ohio) tracks continued west on Tenth St. in . . . — Map (db m63492) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Chillicothe Street, 1940's This mural reveals a view of Chillicothe Street looking northward from the U.S. Grant Bridge during the 1940's. The mural is a copy of a postcard of that time and shows many of the landmark hotels and businesses, . . . — Map (db m63536) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Julia Marlowe Julia Marlowe was a world-renowned Shakespearean actress during the late 1800's and early 1900's. She was born in England in 1865 and lived three years of her childhood in Portsmouth in the Front St. town house shown in the . . . — Map (db m63538) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Roy Rogers This mural shows the famous "King of the Cowboys" on his horse, Trigger. Roy Rogers appeared in 104 films, from 1935 to 1959. His final film, "Mackintosh and T.J." was released in 1975. Roy Rogers' boyhood home can be seen on . . . — Map (db m63540) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Progress In Education The mural depicts every phase of growth in education in the Portsmouth area. Here we see the steady progress from the one-room schoolhouse through the various elementary and high schools to the establishment of . . . — Map (db m63544) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Portsmouth Railroads, 1950's From the late 1800's through most of the 20th century, the Portsmouth area was served by the N&W (Norfolk & Western), the B&O (Baltimore and Ohio), and the C&O (Chesapeake and Ohio). The N&W's vast train . . . — Map (db m63552) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Portsmouth Motorcycle Club The Portsmouth Motorcycle Club is one of the oldest in Ohio and the group picture shown in the mural was taken in 1913. Many residents have identified family members from this old image. Look closely into the . . . — Map (db m63576) HM
Ohio (Scioto County), Portsmouth — Scioto County, Experience Our Heritage
Twilight This mural shows a modern-day twilight scene of downtown Portsmouth as seen from Kentucky, featuring the U.S. Grant Bridge connecting with Chillicothe Street. The muses, embracing both ends of the Twilight mural, represent the art . . . — Map (db m63587) HM

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